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Body of Navy SEAL killed by Islamic State fighters returning to US today

SAN DIEGO — The body of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed during combat in Iraq is returning to the United States.

SEALs spokeswoman Lt. Beth Teach says the body of Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Keating IV will arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware sometime Friday.

Teach says next week Keating’s remains will be returned to Coronado, California, near San Diego, where his SEAL team is based.

A funeral will be held in the San Diego area, where Keating’s family has asked that he be buried. Details are still to be determined.

Keating was shot and killed Tuesday during a gunbattle involving Islamic State fighters. He’s the third U.S. service member to be killed in combat in Iraq since U.S. forces returned there in 2014.

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